19 OCTOBER 1929, Page 1

land and air forces as well as Fleets, but in

Great Britain and America it is already as good as decided that if a general scheme of disarmament should break down the extremely useful naval reduction already agreed upon between Great Britain and America must be saved from the wreckage. France, we fear, might then argue, though without justification, that Great Britain and America were drawing together in definite opposition to the rest of the world. It would be the last thing in irony if an agreement between two Powers to put an end to Naval competition were treated as a threat. We arc anticipating the future merely in the light of the most characteristic comments in the French newspapers, but we actually hope for better things. All that can be done in the mean- time is to continue to insist upon the sincerity and sim- plicity of Anglo-American motives. We must make the obvious still more obvious.

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